Coin SongJuly 21, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 10 Comments
In my lifetime I’ve been to three video game music concerts: Dear Friends, Video Games Live, and (my personal favorite) Play. Even though I always loved video game music (and I wrote in some journal I kept in middle school that I thought it would be cool to work as a composer for Capcom), I don’t think I knew for certain that it would be my career path until I had some sort of epiphany while listening to Frog’s Theme played live by an orchestra at the Play concert. I realize this is a fairly esoteric thing that such an event moved me so deeply as to make me sure of what I wanted to do with my life… but I guess we all have our weird quirks.
The Play concert was the second time I had the pleasure of meeting Nobuo Uematsu. I didn’t want to rehash everything I had said to him the first time out of fear of it sounding canned or contrived, so I simply told him that I loved his work. But since it was the first time I had met Yasunori Mitsuda, I said quite a few complimentary things about how creative and beautiful his compositions were, how he inspired me greatly, and how I really looked up to him. At that point Uematsu-san said, “Wow, all I got was an I like your work…” I felt bad! So I tried to tell him why I was so concise… I think he might have been just joking though ^_^;
Anyways… Here is one of my favorite Uematsu compositions, “Coin Song” from Final Fantasy VI. Even though it makes me feel sad, I still love listening to it. I had taught myself how to play it by ear on the piano about 10 years ago, but I had since forgotten a lot of the middle sections. So on a whim I decided to listen to it today, and relearn it. I hope you enjoy!
Incidentally, I’m back and forth about whether I should post this other video I recorded… Someone requested I play music from Little Nemo the Dream Master (which is a GREAT game), so I did this random 8 minute long video where I go through and play all the different background songs. The thing is, I hadn’t heard any of that music in years and years, so I think I could have played it more cleanly… but maybe I’ll post it soon anyway^^